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Pataakha poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byVishal Bhardwaj
Written byScreenplay and Dialogues:
Vishal Bhardwaj
Story byCharan Singh Pathik
Produced byVishal Bhardwaj
Rekha Bhardwaj
Dheeraj Wadhavan
Ajay Kapoor
Ishan Saksena
StarringRadhika Madan
Sanya Malhotra
Sunil Grover
Vijay Raaz
CinematographyRanjan Palit
Edited byA. Sreekar Prasad
Music byVishal Bhardwaj
KYTA Productions
Vishal Bhardwaj Films
Distributed byB4U Motion Pictures
Release date
  • 28 September 2018 (2018-09-28)
Running time
134 minutes[1]

Pataakha (pronounced [pəʈaːkʰaː]; transl. 'Firecracker') is a 2018 Indian Hindi comedy-drama film produced, written and directed by Vishal Bhardwaj about two sisters who share a difficult relationship with each other.[2][3] Based on Charan Singh Pathik's short story titled Do Behnein, the film features debutant Radhika Madan, Sanya Malhotra, Sunil Grover, Saanand Verma, Lankesh Bhardwaj, and Vijay Raaz in lead roles and was scheduled to have its theatrical release on 28 September 2018. At the 64th Filmfare Awards, the film received seven nominations including Best Actress Critics and Best Female Debut for Madan and Best Film Critics for Bhardwaj.[4][5][6]


Badki and Chhutki live in a small town in Rajasthan. They are sisters who quarrel about everything from stolen beedi to torn clothes. Dipper is their nosy neighbour, who is always on the lookout for an opportunity to make the sisters go to war, while their father, a single parent, is always trying to make peace between the warring sisters.




Impressed with Charan Singh Pathik's short story Do Behnein (Two Sisters) published by Sahitya Kala Academy, Vishal Bhardwaj decided to purchase the rights of the story and turn it into a film.[9] In December 2017 it was reported that Kriti Sanon was the first choice of the director for the role of the younger sister and the actress had even auditioned for the part but talks did not go through. For the role of the elder sister a number of actresses including Parineeti Chopra, Bhumi Pednekar, Sonakshi Sinha, Vaani Kapoor and Shraddha Kapoor were auditioned but none of them were finalised.[10][11] In March 2018, Sanya Malhotra was finalised for the role of Genda Kumari, the younger sister,[12] while in April 2018 television actress Radhika Madan was selected to play Champa Kumari, the elder sister, a role for which over 60 girls were auditioned.[13][14] On 17 April 2018, it was reported that Vijay Raaz and Sunil Grover had been signed to be a part of the film.[15][16] While Vijay was selected to play the role of the father of the two sisters in the film, Sunil's role was described as that of a person who instigates fights between the sisters.[17]

As part of preparation for the role, Sanya Malhotra and Radhika Madan stayed in Ronsi village near Jaipur in Rajasthan and apart from learning the Rajasthani dialect, the actresses also got accustomed with milking Buffaloes, thatching roofs, plastering the walls with dung and walking for long distances while balancing matkas full of water on their head and one around their waist.[18] Sanya and Radhika also had to put on 10 kgs of weight for the second part of the story where both of them are married and have a child each.[19][20] Initially the film was titled Chhuriyaan (transl. Knives) but was later on changed to Pataakha (transl. Firecracker) because Bhardwaj felt it might confuse the audience considering the multiple meanings that can be derived from it if not pronounced correctly.[21][22]


The principal photography of the film began in Udaipur, Rajasthan at the end of April 2018.[23] The first schedule of the film came to an end on 16 May 2018.[24] The final schedule of filming began in Mount Abu on 29 June 2018[21] and was completed on 12 July 2018.[25][26][27] The item song featuring Malaika Arora and choreographed by Ganesh Acharya was filmed towards the end of August. [28][29]


Soundtrack album by
Released12 September 2018[30]
GenreFeature film soundtrack
LabelZee Music Company
ProducerKetan Sodha
Vishal Bhardwaj chronology
External audio
audio icon Official Audio Jukebox on YouTube

The music of the film has been composed by Vishal Bhardwaj, while the lyrics have been written by Gulzar.[31][32]

1."Balma"Rekha Bhardwaj, Sunidhi Chauhan3:51
2."Pataakha"Vishal Bhardwaj3:37
3."Hello Hello"Rekha Bhardwaj3:27
4."Naina Banjare"Arijit Singh3:31
5."Gali Gali"Sukhwinder Singh3:41
Total length:18:17


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